Indian Naval Ship Sunayana entered Porbandar harbour at 0900 hrs on June 7, 2018 after successfully evacuating 38 Indian Nationals at / off Socotra Islands during a swift Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operation (HADR), code named Operation NISTAR.
The Indian Nationals were stranded for nearly ten days after severe Cyclonic Storm – Mekunu devastated the area around Socotra Island. INS Sunayna was diverted from Gulf of Aden deployment to Socotra Island for search and rescue operations after Indian Navy received a distress call from Directorate General of Shipping and Indian Sailing Vessels Association. The 38 Indian nationals were successfully rescued/ evacuated in the early morning of June 3, 2018. All evacuees were safely embarked onboard the ship and were immediately provided with medical care, food, water and telephone facilities. Thereafter, the ship also undertook intensive surface search and aerial reconnaissance of the area to look for any more survivors.
Upon entering harbour INS Sunayna was received by Rear Admiral Sanjay Roye, Flag Officer Commanding Gujarat, Daman & Diu Naval Area. After initial briefing about the scheduled disembarkation formalities, all 38 Indian nationals were put through mandatory customs clearance and immigration checks. They were served light refreshments. Post completion of all the administrative formalities, they were handed over to the civil police to facilitate their return to native places.
The White Knight Corps celebrated its 47th Raising Day on June 1, 2018. Lieutenant General Saranjeet Singh, GOC, White Knight Corps, complimented all ranks for their outstanding contribution in maintaining vigil on the Line of Control and ensuring peace & tranquility in the region. He exhorted all troops to persist with same zeal and enthusiasm towards their profession to achieve new milestones. A solemn wreath laying ceremony was conducted with full military honours. GOC, White Knight Corps paid floral tributes to the martyrs at Ashwamedh Shaurya Sthal in the early hours of the day.
White Knight Corps was raised on June 1, 1972 on the banks of Tawi River at Nagrota. In the last four decades since its raising, the Corps has grown from strength to strength to become operationally amongst the most vibrant force of the Indian Army. The Corps is operationally committed in pursuit of guarding and maintaining the sanctity of the Line of Control and combating militancy. It is also actively involved in various developmental programmes for the Awaam in the region.
The GOC, while interacting with the troops of Nagrota Garrison through a special Sainik Sammelan exhorted all ranks of the White Knight Corps to continue doing the assigned task in a professional manner and to keep the flag of the formation, flying high.
Lt Gen RS Pradhan (Retired) visited Army Medical Corps Centre and College Lucknow from June 3 to 4, 2018. Lt Gen Pradhan had joined the Army as a Sepoy Nursing Assistant of Army Medical Corps in the year 1970 and later got commissioned as an Infantry Officer on May 12, 1974. During his 43 years of illustrious service Lt Gen Pradhan has held various coveted appointments and has participated in various operations including surgical strikes in Jammu & Kashmir and Northern Sector.
During his visit to Army Medical Centre and College Lucknow Lt Gen RS Pradhan (Retired) addressed the young officers of Army Medical Corps at Officers Training College (OTC) of AMC Centre and College. Lt Gen Pradhan also addressed the Junior Commissioned Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and Recruits of Army Medical Corps at Major LJ Singh, Ashok Chakra Auditorium. He delivered a motivational talk to the recruits and shared his experiences of 43 years of service in Indian Army.
The unfathomable ocean of talent in the youth of Kashmir found expression in an absolutely mesmerizing and absorbing display in a grand Talent Hunt Show organized by Naidkhai Army Camp (13 RR Bn) on May 5, 2018. The event included conduct of Solo Songs, Group Songs, Kashmiri Folk Dance, Drama and show your own talent competitions.
A whopping strength of over 2500 students from different schools and colleges of Bandipora, Sopore, Budgam, Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara & Ganderbal displayed their talent to a captivated audience.
The aim of organising this event was to provide a platform to the youth to display their talent. An interactive session was also organised over a cup of tea. Army presented their perspective of prevailing situation in valley and motivated the youth to concentrate on productive and nation building endeavours. Youth also carried out open and candid interaction by presenting their own viewpoint. Two aviators of the Sqn also took active part in the said event. Lt Cdr Sachin Thakur, IN provided a perspective on the maritime career prospects to the youth and Maj M S Manuraj educated the participants about the role of Army Aviation in 15 Corps Zone during the interactive session.
Eminent personalities of J&K attended the programme including Kashmir's most famous Actor & Comedian Qayoom Badshah, Prominent Sufi Singer & You Tube Sensation Shameema Akhter and Promising Kashmiri Singer Uzair Javaid graced the occasion and judged the budding talent of Kashmir.
The overwhelmed students, teachers and audiences appreciated the Army for organising an event that provided a distraction from the tense environment prevailing in the valley. Voluntary participation of significant number of youth from the various areas of North, Central & South Kashmir indicates yearning for normal routine to return.
As a goodwill gesture, an interaction-cum-education tour was organised by Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre (LSRC) for 29 boys and 30 girls of Mahabodhi School at Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Leh on May 13, 2018 and 21 Boys and 15 Girls of Riglam Model School, Leh on May 20, 2018.
The students hailing from various remote regions of Ladakh and currently housed at an orphanage being run under the aegis of Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre and students currently housed at Riglam Model School Hostel run under the aegis of Ladakh Buddhist Association, Leh were taken on a guided tour to the Hall of Fame, War Widows children Hostel, LSRC. Besides learning about the valour and sacrifice of the Indian Army Soldiers during Op Vijay, they had an interactive session with the Children of War Widows Children Hostel, LSRC where they exchanged ideas with the latter on various aspects of student life over a cup of tea.
Subsequently, they obtained a first hand knowledge about the 'Sons of the Soil' of the Ladakh Scouts at the Regimental Museum and were deeply inspired by the rich history of the Regiment.
A Veteran Facilitation Centre (VFC) comprising of an E-Lobby by Punjab National Bank (PNB) was inaugurated at Mamun Military Station under the aegis of Gurj Division. The VFC is a platform Established by the banks to respond to the pension related issues of the Veterans and is likely to cater for Approx 9000 Veterans in and around Mamun and Pathankot area.
Maj Gen K Narayanan, General Officer Commanding, the Gurj Divison, Smt Neelima, DC Pathankot, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma (Retd), Chief Defence Banking Advisor, PNB and Shri SK Mishra, General Manager, Court Business Division, PNB were amongst distinguished Military and Civil Dignitaries present including prominent Ex-Servicemen of the area.
Around midnight on May 30, 2018 a request was received at HQ Western Air Command for containing a fire at Malviya Nagar in Delhi. A MLH class helicopter airborne from Sarsawa did a recce and landed at Palam. Thereafter helicopter got airborne with Bambi Bucket to contain the fire.
The heptr filled water from Yamuna reservoir and dropped over the site. This had to be repeated thrice to contain the fire. This was the first time the Bambi ops was done in an urban situation wherein the nitty gritties of drop are very precise owing to high rises around and chances of collateral damage. The operations started in this morning wherein helicopter flown by Wing Commander Pradeep Bhola of the Mighty Armours was successful in dousing the fire.
A total of approx 8000 lts of water was dropped in this incident.
The 98th Corps Raising Day of the Army Educational Corps was celebrated at Lucknow Cantonment on June 1, 2018. Lieutenant General BS Negi, Army Commander, Central Command, extended his felicitations and good wishes to all ranks of the Army Educational Corps and complimented them for their excellent contribution & sustained efforts towards undertaking educational activities which have under gone a perceptible change with emerging trends thereby empowering and enabling the troops in their professional and personal spheres.
Earlier in the day, Brigadier Harish Garg, Brigadier (Education), Central Command laid wreath at the "Smritika War Memorial" to pay homage and solemn tributes to all martyrs. The wreath laying ceremony was also attended by other Army Educational Corps serving and retired Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and other ranks.
A major 'Awareness Campaign' on Resettlement Options and DGR Schemes was conducted by Directorate of Resettlement Zone (North) in Ladakh Region from May 21-26, 2018. Director, Resettlement Zone (North) took interactive lectures in every formation within the Corps Zone covering about 1200 km in 6 days and interacting with prospective retirees and veterans in every nook and corner of the region.
The lectures were immensely beneficial as majority of troops were unaware of Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) and the tremendous work undertaken by this organization towards providing resettlement training courses, employment and self-employment schemes. In addition, a holistic package on resettlement options to include jobs in Central/ State Govt, PMEGP schemes towards opening their own entrepreneurial ventures was also explained as well as its modalities.
The drive received huge response and has been a success story in providing a ray of hope on available resettlement opportunities to the retirees who can now plan their retirement in a deliberate manner and exploit all options towards selecting their second career.
Coast Guard District Headquarters (Kerala and Mahe) received a distress message about drifting of Fishing boat Saint Antony with nine fishermen onboard, 80 km off Chavakkad since 11:35 am on May 30, 2018 due to engine breakdown. On receipt of information, Coast Guard Ship (CGS) Vikram which was on surveillance mission, was diverted and the fishing boat was located in position 92 km from Kochi light house. Despite severe south west monsoon disturbance and rough sea conditions, coast guard team embarked fishing boat to repair the engine but efforts turned futile. Since the boat was drifting close to the merchant ships traffic area (sea lanes of communication) the decision to tow the boat was taken. After medical check-up of the crew and ensuring safety of fishing boat, CGS Vikram towed the fishing boat upto Kochi after which FB Saint Antony along with 9 crew were handed over to FB Jasmine at about 07:45 am on may 31, 2018 which took it inside the fishing harbour.
Army Public School, Bolarum has achieved 100 percent success with all the 92 students of class 12 scoring not less than 66 percent in the CBSE examination and topped among all Army Public Schools in the country. Noor Sharma scored 97.2% in the humanities stream and stood topper among all CBSE schools in the twin cities whereas, Abhijit Kumar achieved second position in science stream with 97.2%. Parth Trivedi scored 94.4% in the commerce stream. Overall 8 students have scored above 95%, 22 students have scored more than 90% and a majority of 48 students scoring between the bracket of 80-90 percentage. A total of seven students scored a centum in various subjects with four of them in history, two of them in information practices and one in biology.
The school basically serves the wards of defence personnel and won five times the Chief of Army Staff rolling trophy in academic excellence for the last four academic years. The school is acclaimed as the best Army Public School among more than 135 Army Public Schools in the country for the last three academic years.
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, met on June 7, 2018 and accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs 5500 crore.
Pursuing the goal of indigenisation and self-reliance in the field of Defence Procurements, the DAC approved procurement of 12 High Power Radars for the Indian Air Force under 'Buy (Indian) IDDM' category. The radars will provide long range medium and high altitude radar cover with the capability to detect and track high speed targets following parabolic trajectories. Technologically superior, the radars will have the capability to scan 360 degree without mechanical rotation of Antenna and will operate on 24 x 7 basis with minimal maintenance requirement. Their procurement will enhance the overall efficacy of the Air Defence network in the country.
The DAC also accorded approval for procurement of Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) for the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Army from Indian Shipyard. These vessels would offer great advantage over conventional boats/crafts with their ability to travel at very high speeds over shallow water, sand banks, mud flats and swamps which are non-navigable by boats/small crafts due to draught restrictions/uncharted depths. These craft offer capability enhancement for the Services, and would prove useful for amphibious/ riverine operations, especially where there is a requirement to move men and material from one island to another island, across riverine terrain, creeks etc.
Red Shield Division has been organizing free Medical Camps for local population of various districts in Manipur from time to time, with an aim to ameliorate medical issues of local populace and create health awareness. The Field Hospital of Red Shield Division has conducted medical camp at six different villages located near Leimakhong from May 23 to June 2, 2018. The Medical team attended more than 800 patients of four villages, Leimakhong Bazaar, Prem Nagar, Khunkoo Kuki and P Moulding. During these camps, team has provided free Medical checkup, Dental treatment and various blood investigations apart from providing awareness on various seasonal diseases and their preventions.
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